The Minister of Environment Daniel Constantin (foto) announced on Tuesday that, probably next week, he is going to present the Government an alternative to the environmental stamp, about which he said that it would be „a modern, European system which we designed so that everyone to be happy and we can achieve our environmental targets.”
„As you know, the environmental stamp has been repealed by the law of the 102 taxes (…). At present, I am thinking along with other state institutions about a modern system, so we would not put additional tax pressure on citizens but at the same time ensure that we have increasingly less polluting cars on our streets, especially in urban agglomeration areas. We shall present, probably next week, a modern, European system which we designed so that everyone to be happy and we can achieve our environmental targets,” stated Minister Daniel Constantin for the press.
Representatives of the car manufacturers and importers from Romania have already announced that they support the introduction of a cumulative tax system, as an alternative to the elimination of the environmental stamp, a system comprising both the tax for car registration and a differentiated tax for new and used cars.
The first registration tax for motor vehicles was first introduced on 1 January 2007, immediately after Romania joined the European Union. At that time, the first registration tax was calculated based on three variables: the age of the car, the type of motor catalyst- euro standard and the engine capacity.
This type of tax has been declared illegal by the European bodies and Romania adjusted three times over the years the form for imposing this tax, each time triggering objections from Brussels.
The PSD government program envisaged the elimination of this tax and one of the first measures adopted by the Grindeanu government after its establishment was the ordinance that eliminated a list of taxes.
The pollution tax on cars has been directed to the state budget.